advent reflection ~ day 7

 At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea. ~Luke 1:39

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After the angel told Mary that she had be chosen to be the mother of God, she traveled to the “hill country” to visit her cousin Elizabeth. It can’t have been an easy journey for her. It was about 100 miles of rugged terrain.

Though we can never know what mode of transportation she used, I see her riding on a donkey. Surely, it must’ve been an uncomfortable ride, especially if she was experiencing the nausea of early pregnancy.

Nonetheless, young Mary kept moving forward.

Sometimes, the journey of faith gets hard.

But like Mary, we can move forward, knowing that we are not alone.

This Advent, keep going, even if it’s a bumpy ride.

God is leading you to a beautiful destination.

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Nancy Jo Sullivan

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Nancy Jo Sullivan is an inspirational author and speaker. She has published with Random House, Guideposts, Readers Digest, and the Huffington Post. Her newest book, Small Mercies, was recently released by Loyola Press. In the book, she writes about God’s presence in motherhood, family, and love. Through poignant reflections, she recalls how she found God even in her darkest moments, especially in the months that followed the death of her daughter with Down’s syndrome. She reminds the reader that God is present in “every mess, burden, and blessing.” The mother of two grown daughters, Nancy Jo resides in Saint Paul, Minnesota. She loves hanging out with her daughters, teaching writing classes to kids with special needs, jogging, making spinach smoothies, and of course, writing about her imperfect life.

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